[tex4ht] several bugs and a query

Alexandre Roberts alexandre.roberts at gmail.com
Sun Feb 17 22:26:00 CET 2019

Dear all,

Just a follow-up about the bug reports/feature requests I sent out a week
ago. I realize I asked for a lot all at once, so I thought I would single
out a couple that are highest priority:

1. *Superscript (and subscripts) not working in footnotes* (
This is the main one because it can't be fixed by find/replace. I use
superscript to refer to the "recto" and "verso" of folios in medieval
manuscripts (e.g., `folio 2\textsuperscript{r}` for the recto side of folio
2), and I use subscript for line numbers when referring to manuscripts or
critical editions (e.g., `22\textsubscript{1-24}` for lines 1-24 of page
22). Especially in the latter case, information is actually lost in the
conversion, since "221-24" means something quite different from "22, lines

2. Less important because it's about formatting rather than information,
but still problematic because it can't be fixed with find/replace, is the
problem of *spuriously italicized (or boldface) footnote hooks* (

The rest are less important. The section break issue can be fixed with
find/replace in MS Word (find ^b = Section break, replace it with nothing).
The section numbering issue is not an issue at all (I was confused). As for
formatting footnotes, that is certainly not urgent!

I hope this helps. I would also like to express my gratitude to all who
work on and maintain tex4ht, which is a life-saver for those of us working
with publishers who are still in the Word world!

Best wishes,

On Sat, Feb 9, 2019 at 7:34 PM Alexandre Roberts <
alexandre.roberts at gmail.com> wrote:

> PS - I've added the MWEs (and in the process realized that one of my
> questions was my own mistake and had nothing to do with tex4ht at all, the
> one about section numbering).
> On Sat, Feb 9, 2019 at 3:16 PM Alexandre Roberts <
> alexandre.roberts at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear Michal,
>> Absolutely! I'll add them today.
>> Best,
>> Alex
>> On Sat, Feb 9, 2019 at 1:40 PM Michal Hoftich <michal.h21 at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Dear Alex,
>>> could you please add MWEs to questions where it is missing? It will
>>> make it easier for us to replicate the issues. I hope to take a look
>>> at all of this in next few days.
>>> Best regards,
>>> Michal
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